Wheel Throwing Course - Five Weeks

Learn how to make pottery on the wheel in this five week course.



5 x 2 hours Class size 1 to 7     label £230

Ever wanted to try your hand at wheel throwing? Then this pottery course in London is perfect for you! Throw different forms on the wheel before you trim, paint, decorate and glaze your creations to take them home.

These five, beginner-friendly pottery classes are two hours long each and take place consecutively every Sunday. You'll have your own dedicated wheel for the entire course, all the materials you need are provided and firings are included too!

Potter Course outline

  • Week one - This first pottery workshop will involve some intensive teaching. You will be guided through demonstrations on how to prepare your clay, how to throw a pot on the wheel, and how to centre, open and pull up the walls of your pot. There will also be plenty of practice time.

  • Week two - During the second week, you will be building on what you learned in your first session as well as being encouraged to produce some more complex forms. You'll be introduced to shaping tools as you learn to throw taller forms.

  • Week three - In this class, you will turn (trim) your pots on the wheel, using a variety of tools. Turning or trimming is when you remove the excess clay from the pot, shape it and add a foot ring. You will then learn to make and attach handles to the items you made in week two, like a mug or jug.

  • Week four - For the fourth week, you will be decorating several of your pots with a variety of coloured slips. You can also explore different surface patterns like drawing, Sgraffito or Mishima

  • Week five - The final week will introduce you to glazing as you finish up all your pots with a beautiful glaze.

By the end of this course, you will have loads of new skills as well as five amazing handmade pottery creations to take home and cherish.

Please note:
Your work will be ready for collection two weeks after the last class and we will hold your work for a further month. Unfortunately, due to limited storage space, we cannot keep your work beyond this time.



Knowledge required
No prior knowledge required.
 
What you'll get
You will have access to a range of coloured slips to decorate your work and also to fourteen glazes. You will keep your best five pots.
 
What to bring
Apron
 
Session repeats

This class series runs over 5 consecutive sessions, at the same time every week.


Sak Beh Studio Pottery is fully vaccinated against COVID-19, and adheres to COVID-19 government guidelines. They won't run this class if they've had a continuous cough, a high temperature, or a loss of or change in their normal sense of taste or smell, in the last 14 days.

See additional precautions taken   

All our teachers have been double vaccinated. The pottery is sanitised before and after a class. Throwing Wheels are spaced 5+ feet apart. Sanitiser is available as well as antibacterial soap. Before every class the studio is ventilated by opening doors and windows. We keep a window open throughout the class.
Location

Sak Beh Studio Pottery - 3 Garnham Street, London, N16 7JA, England

Your teacher
Sak Beh Studio Pottery
Sak Beh Studio Pottery

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Sak Beh Studio Pottery was founded by Tessa Robinson, who lives and works in London. Her idea was to create a comfortable, homey place to work and be creative. Situated in a very busy and central location, just off Stoke Newington High Street, the studio is a drop of calm in a very fast moving world.

Tessa trained in Fine Art, specialising in sculpture (modelling in clay). On completion of a three year Post Graduate Course at the Royal Academy of Arts, Tessa set up a studio in Hackney. The transition from sculptor to potter came many years later whilst doing doctoral research in Maya archaeology at UCL. Inspired by Maya ceramic art, and in particular the pots which combined sculpted and painted imagery, Tessa moved from research back to making. After attending courses in pottery and taking up a membership at a London pottery studio, she set up Sak Beh Pottery and is now a full-time potter and maker.

Tessa's works are informed by both her Fine Art training and her research into Ancient Maya ceramic art. The phrase 'Sak Beh' can be found on Ancient Maya monuments where it refers to the Milky Way as an ancestral path or road as well as the physical roads which connect people to places. In keeping with its namesake, Sak Beh Pottery is envisaged as a place for community interaction within the context of a creative journey.

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